The ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, H.E. Amb. Maarten Brouwer, took a tour of Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kenya’s largest wind farm, during a visit to Northern Kenya.
H.E Amb. Brouwer noted that LTWP is a visionary project that should inspire more investment in similar developmental initiatives. “It is impressive and well organised, a show that Dutch entrepreneurship can help to stimulate development,” said H.E. Amb. Brouwer.
The delegation from the Dutch Embassy was shown around the wind farm by Chief Technical Officer, Wellington Otieno, and Winds of Change Foundation Chairman, Willem Dolleman.
Lake Turkana Wind Power was funded in part by Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO), a Dutch development bank, and the European Investment Bank, and remains to date the single largest private investment in Kenya.
During the tour, H.E. Amb. Brouwer held meetings with the members of the communities living around the wind farm, and was informed about the community support activities being undertaken by LTWP’s foundation, Winds of Change. The delegation also paid a visit to the Gatab borehole, a project by Winds of Change Foundation.
H.E. Amb. Brouwer commended Winds of Change Foundation for the impact that the foundation is having on the local community through projects that enhance employability through education, access to water and access to healthcare.